An apron for Christmas?

Remember back earlier this fall when I was babbling about aprons a lot? (Probably not.) I muddled my way through trying to explain how to make an apron out of one or two rectangles gathered to a waistband. Turns out BurdaStyle has published, in its December issue, a full-apron pattern much like the ones I was describing, and the pattern is available for free download. Really, it’s just the instructions, no pattern pieces to trace, because everything is a rectangle or square. They suggest using a fabric with a border print, which would look very cute, but a regular fabric would work well too and use a little less fabric. It’d be a good gift for that cook in your life, or a great way to use up a yard of “what the heck did I buy this for” fabric.

Completed projects in February

I already posted about my quickie mixer cover. I finished a couple other projects in February (no pics as of yet):

Burda-t-neck: a lovely person on PR recently sent me a tracing of that uber-popular BurdaStyle cut-on turtleneck from 2010 when I couldn’t find it available anywhere. Quick mini-review: I knew the traced size (44/46) would be too small at the hip and probably in the arms too, so I morphed it with a Knipmode plus knit top. I made it out of a small black & white houndstooth print jersey, and it turned out pretty well: comfy and cozy. It could use a few small fitting tweaks next time, but for now I’m putting it away until I start sewing for cool weather again.

LMB/TF skirt: I picked up a one yard remnant of a gray and black paisley ponte from Joann’s recently, and I wanted to make a quick skirt. I decided to try a basic skirt from the Taglie Forte I bought recently, which would also let me check out the LMB sizing and fit. It went together quickly and fits well, although I suspect a pencil silhouette would probably be more flattering on me than the slight a-line. Comfy, though; I’ve already worn it. It’s gotta be one of the quickest buy fabric to finished garment projects I’ve ever had, that’s for sure.

I’m not sure what I’ll be working on for March. I want to start working on spring things, and I seem to have more fun if I don’t make an elaborate plan beforehand. I also need to decide whether I’m going to do the Indygo Junction challenge (probably not given the due date is in two weeks), or make a quilt or a garment for the county fair this year.

Vintage-Inspired Indygo Junction challenge

There’s a Vintage-Inspired Modern Challenge happening on BurdaStyle sponsored by Amy Barickman and Indygo Junction – submissions due by March 12th. You can use an Indygo Junction pattern, something from Barickman’s book Vintage Notions, or one of the free patterns IJ has available on their website. (The four free patterns are worth checking out whether or not you plan to enter the challenge, IMO. They remind me of the “draft it yourself” patterns that Knipmode used to do occasionally, somehow.)

I’ve got a couple IJ patterns that have been marinating in my pattern stash for far too long. I think I may use this contest as motivation to finally make one of them up!

New patterns

Wow, I’m just a posting fiend recently.

Hot Patterns announced 6 new patterns and their new ‘Metropolitan’ line today. Some cute and very wearable options, and apparently HP has improved their directions and now include illustrations.

They also announced that the following Wong-Singh-Jones patterns are going to be discontinued by the end of December: Shanghai Tunic, Sari Tuxedo Blouse, Nirvana Twinset, Bollywood Dress, Maharajah Jacket and Buddha Baby Skirts. I’ve had my eye on the Maharajah jacket so I may need to grab it soon; not sure if I’m going to get any of the new patterns while I’m at it.

Also, on the crafty/holiday angle, the new pattern at BurdaStyle this week is an apron pattern. Print this one out, grab some cute printed fabrics, and make gifts for your whole list!